Unitea

A conversation can make all the difference in the life of a student—Unitea provides opportunities for these conversations to happen.

We are committed to building community one tea at a time, and believe strong campuses foster communities where voices are heard, well-being is promoted, and social interactions can flourish. 

How It Works 

Sign up online for a one-to-one tea or collective tea time with a Unitea host(s). Students and Hosts will meet at a specified location and enjoy free hot beverages from one of our participating partners. The program is available for students at both North and Augustana campuses.

Collective Tea Times

Students can sign up to join group tea times with other U of A students. These collective tea times will cover a range of topics facilitated by Unitea volunteers. The goal of collective tea times is to foster meaningful conversations and increase connections within the community.

Book a collective tea time!

Schedule

  • Fresh Starts

    Meet new people over a cup of tea, share your expectations of the upcoming year in an inclusive environment, and discover some on-campus resources to help you on your way.

    Thursday September 26, 2019
    2:00 p.m.
    2-300 SUB
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  • Healthy Boundaries

    It can be easy to give too much of ourselves away when we have so many different expectations from ourselves and others. Join a collective tea time and chat about helpful boundaries and how we can enforce them while still caring for others.

    Monday October 21, 2019
    2:00 p.m.
    Friendship Bench, Rutherford Library South

  • Loneliness and Inclusion

    Why do so many of us feeling lonely with so many people on campus? Join a collective tea time to enjoy a cup of tea and discuss how we can be more inclusive and broaden our groups of friends.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019
    11:00 a.m.
    Cascade Room, SUB

  • Maintaining Motivation

    The mid-semester slump is real. It can be hard to find the motivation to get to class, and do fun things that make us happy. Join a collective tea time and talk about how you to push through the slump and end the semester on a positive note.

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    2:00 p.m.
    Van Vliet Lounge

  • Making Friends: World Hello Day

    A simple “Hello” can be the first step in making connections with others. Join a collective tea time, say “Hello” to other students, and chat about why it can be hard to make friends and how you foster friendships.

    Thursday November 21, 2019
    3:00 p.m.
    Friendship Bench, Rutherford Library South

  • Taking Care of Yourself

    Self care is more than chocolate and bubble baths, but how do we know what we really need to feel better? Join a collective tea time for a cup of tea and a discussion about what we can do to take care of ourselves and make sure that we keep our cup filled.

    Monday December 2, 2019
    11:00 a.m.
    4-110 ED North

One-to-One Tea Times

Students can book an individual tea time with a Unitea host. The aim of these tea times is to create meaningful conversations that provide opportunities for students to speak with a trained peer about various issues, engage in helpful conversation, foster connection, and build a sense of community.

Book a one-to-one tea time!

What to Expect

Once you sign up for either an individual or group tea time, you can expect a:
  • confirmation email outlining the date, time, and location
  • reminder notification 24 hours prior to your tea time
  • friendly Unitea host(s) to greet you at your tea time
  • free Unitea travel mug for first-time users
  • free hot drink (tea or coffee)
  • opportunity to provide feedback on your tea time experience
  • Cancellation Policy

    Unitea requests adequate notice for cancellations in order to make tea times available to other students.

    If you are unable to attend a tea time, please email unitea@ualberta.ca at least 24 hours prior to your tea time, including your name, date, and time of your tea time.

  • Sustainability
    We support sustainability with our Unitea travel mugs. First time participants of the program will receive a free travel mug from the Unitea host. We encourage you to bring your travel mug every time you have a Unitea tea time.
  • Terms and Conditions

    Students who participate in the Unitea program understand and agree to the following:

    1. Unitea is not professional counselling service nor is it intended to replace such services.
    2. Students will receive notification through text or email confirming their scheduled tea time and reminding them of the tea time 24 hours prior.
    3. If there is need to cancel the scheduled tea time, students agree to provide 24 hours advanced notice.
    4. Students will engage in respectful conversation with the Unitea host(s) and other fellow students.
    5. Any personal information collected in the sign up and scheduling process will only be used for Unitea programming purposes. No information will be given to third parties.
    6. Students agree to be contacted in the future for program evaluation purposes.